One of the most surefire ways to eat your way to a healthier gut is by making sure to add more probiotics into your diet. Probiotics, often referred to as “good” or “helpful”, are live bacteria and cultures that work to improve the healthy functioning of your digestive tract. You probably know that eating yogurt on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to get the probiotics you need to have a healthy body. However, there are a few concerns that come up, particularly for people who are lactose intolerant. If you can’t eat yogurt, or just don’t like the taste of it, how exactly are you supposed to get these important probiotics?
True, there are certain supplements and more than a few fortified products out there that can provide some of the good bacteria you need, but these can get expensive and even hard to find at times. As it turns out, there are actually other food sources that can provide healthy amounts of probiotics. Here are 3 surprising sources of probiotics.
If you’ve ever gone to a sushi restaurant, you’ve more than likely sipped on a hot bowl of miso soup while waiting for your California Roll. Miso is a paste that is made from fermenting rice, soy, and barley. As you probably know, the fermentation process that occurs while creating yogurt is what makes it such a great source of probiotics; that same essential principle applies to the making of miso paste as well. You can buy premade miso paste at many grocery stores, and simply mix it with some hot water, veggies, and tofu for a great and healthy soup right at home.
Any reason to eat more dark chocolate is a great reason in my book. Besides tasting like a chunk of heaven, dark chocolate is a great source of probiotics as well. In fact, dark chocolate has been shown to have up to four times more probiotics than many dairy products. Combine that knowledge with the fact that dark chocolate is also loaded with antioxidants, and you don’treally have an excuse to not eat the stuff.
Who doesn’t love getting warm sourdough bread on the table at your favorite restaurant while you wait for the main course? Sourdough tastes delicious, and it contains a healthy dose of the bacteria lactobacilli, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties.
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